Costa Reacts to Passing of Pittsburgh Steelers Owner Dan Rooney

Harrisburg, April 13, 2017 — State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) expressed his thoughts and offered condolences on the passing of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney earlier today. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney was 84 years old.

“Today Pennsylvania mourns the loss of a great Pittsburgh institution. Dan Rooney was more than just the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a leader in the Pittsburgh area whose contributions will be felt for generations to come.

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Costa Drives Housing Grant Funding to Local Communities

Homewood and Hazelwood to receive significant investments

Harrisburg, April 13, 2017 — Three Pittsburgh communities will share $300,000 in state grant funds awarded through Pennsylvania’s Housing Affordability Rehabilitation and Enhancement Act (PHARE), also known as Pa’s housing trust fund, state Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced today.

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Senator Jay Costa and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Present Pathway to Pardons

Learn about the pardons process and other processes that could allow you to keep a record of a non-violent crime from getting in the way of your ability to get a job or take advantage of other opportunities. Topics include pardons, expungement and orders of limited access.

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Costa Pleased with Settlement Between Uber and Public Utility Commission

HARRISBURG, April 6, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement after the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the proposed settlement agreement with ride sharing company Uber Technologies.

While a proponent of Act 164 of 2016 that gave the PUC authority to regulate ride-share companies, Costa has long been a vocal critic of special provisions contained in the law which capped fines and penalties for Uber specifically at $250,000.

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Honor Transportation Commitment to Mon Valley and Eastern Suburban Communities

Costa, Brewster insist that Turnpike dollars are obligated to improve regional access

Harrisburg – March 24, 2017 – State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that the legislative commitment concerning the Mon-Fayette Expressway is clear and that improving access to the region via a revitalized and comprehensive transportation network is an obligation that must be fulfilled.

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Costa Secures Water, Sewer Grant Funds for Local Communities

HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 – Four local water and sewer projects will share more than half a billion dollars in state grant funds, state Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced today.

“Our residents rely on public water and sewer systems to provide for some of the most basic needs of their families,” Costa said. “Communities across Pittsburgh are blessed with water and sewer authorities focused on ensuring we have safe water to drink and operational sewer systems to prevent devastating health and environmental issues.

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Costa Denounces Threats, Acts of Religious Hatred

Harrisburg – March 1, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa today issued the following statement in reaction to threats directed at Jewish places of worship, schools, community centers and the desecration of cemeteries in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania.

“I am heartbroken and appalled at the cowardly acts of vandalism and intolerance directed at Jewish places of worship, community centers, churches and cemeteries in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. These acts of hate will never define us; rather, they will strengthen our resolve to unite in the face of bigotry and prejudice. 

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Costa Introduces Legislation to Support Families Affected by Opioid Epidemic

Harrisburg – February 16, 2017 – Committed to the fight against opioid addiction, State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today introduced legislation that would provide support to families seeking emergency treatment for loved ones.

“Families are suffering – it’s as simple as that,” Costa said. “They desperately are seeking emergency treatment options for their loved ones but without their consent, have no opportunity to provide the help they need.”

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Wolf’s 2017-18 Budget Ushers in Reinvention of Government

Plan increases education funding, cuts billions in expenses, no broad-based tax increase

Harrisburg – February 7, 2017 – Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget plan for Fiscal Year 2017-18 that calls for an increase in education funding, cuts of $2 billion in government expenses and no broad-based tax increase, state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said today.

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Costa Drives Housing Grant Funding to Local Communities

Homewood and Hazelwood to receive significant investments Harrisburg, April 13, 2017 — Three Pittsburgh communities will share $300,000 in state grant funds awarded through Pennsylvania’s Housing Affordability Rehabilitation and Enhancement Act (PHARE), also known as...

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